June 2022 - PDF
Breathing. How many of us have ever stopped to thank God for the very gift of breathing? If you have ever had to gasp for breath, you will know how precious each breath is. I know. Recovering earlier this year from COVID, I had a dry cough which lingered for several few weeks; at times, each breath was indeed most precious.
May 2022 - PDF
And in the journey of life, let us allow ourselves to be taken by the hand. Mothers take their children by the hand and lovingly introduce them to life... We need to learn from mothers that heroism is shown in self-giving, strength in compassion, wisdom in meekness. (Pope Francis, Homily, 01/01/2019)
April 2022 - PDF
On Easter Sunday morning the women were on their way to perform their last work of love for Jesus. Expecting to find him lifeless, they were to anoint his body with sweet-smelling spices. Worrying about the massive stone they were sure that they would find at the entrance of the tomb, they said to one another,“Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” (Mark 16:3)
March 2022 - PDF
A Synodal Church is a new concept that Pope Francis is introducing, to help us to discern where the Holy Spirit wants the Church to go. Pope Francis is a firm believer that we can hear the voice of the Holy Spirit more clearly when we encounter and listen to one another — those inside the Church and out. In other words, Pope Francis wants to hear about your experience of the Church through the Synod process.
The Synod seeks to answer two main questions:
1) A Synodal Church, in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together.” How is this “journeying together” happening today in your local Church?
2) What steps does the Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in our “journeying together”?
Your experience will play an important role in answering these two questions. I invite you to take some time to pray and ponder about what your answers might be. However, before you come to a firm conclusion, I encourage you to create a space for the Holy Spirit to speak to you through others.
The Archdiocese of Edmonton is hosting a series of Listening Sessions, in which you can share about your experience of the Church and hear from others. The purpose of the Listening Sessions is not to debate or dialogue, but to listen to others and share from your heart in the context of prayer.
Afterwards, you will be invited to submit your thoughts on the Synod questions through an online platform. Your answers will be compiled and summarized in a report that will be sent to the next stage of the Synod process. For more information, go to www.caedm.ca/synod.
I am personally very grateful for the Synod, because it is creating the opportunity for us to draw closer to and empathize with one another. The past several months have revealed that our society needs help to heal wounds and relationships that have been harmed by the stress of the pandemic.
I look forward to hearing about your experience and what the Holy Spirit wishes to tell us about our journey together.
Fr. Glenn McDonald